The Sacred Heart University Multicultural Center and Fashion Club will collaborate on their first ever Fall Fashion Show. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2 in the Edgerton Theatre from 4-6 p.m.
The show will represent all cultures and ethnic backgrounds of students from Sacred Heart.
“This is an opportunity for people of all different backgrounds and ethnicities to represent different cultural garments and pieces they want to share with the Sacred Heart community,” said Leela Gallucci, Multicultural Affairs Graduate Assistant. “We’ve never done anything like this before, so it has been kind of crazy and stressful. We’re going to have an alumni, Carlos Ruiz, as the MC and host of the event.”
There will also be music and a dance performance by the SHU Dance and Section Team.
Along with representing their cultures, participants have a chance to show their talent as well.
“There are going to be a handful of students modeling their own costumes and designs,” said Gallucci. “That’s going to be really exciting. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”
Students in the community are excited for this event as well.
“It is really cool to see our school do something like this,” said senior Marie Funes. “I think it is important that people take pride in their culture and share it with their community.”
The message of this event goes beyond just fashion.
“Being Honduran has a lot to do with who I am, so to see other students embracing their culture as well as showing off their talent is inspiring and really makes SHU feel like a home,” said Funes.
Along with representation of cultures, inclusivity to the LGBTQ+ community will be touched upon.
“We’re going to have Caribbean-themed cultural representation, a lot of African and Hispanic culture, there’s some Irish, Italian,” said Gallucci. “There is also going to be a non-binary community representation as well.”
The Multicultural Center prides themselves on inclusivity for all, and this event is no different.
“Although this is a cultural event, I was really surprised to hear that there will be an LGBTQ+ portion in the show,” said senior Brianna Santos. “I think that really shows how important representation is to the Sacred Heart community and really separates us from a lot of other communities.”
This event, although light-hearted and fun, poses as a learning opportunity for many students.
“As someone who isn’t familiar with many cultures, this is an important event to attend and pay attention to,” said junior Olivia Vadas.
Sacred Heart is a community filled with numerous different cultures and backgrounds, and the Fall Fashion Show plans to give each and every one of them the spotlight.
“It is great for us to learn about how other cultures live and how they represent each other,” said Gallucci. “It’s going to be a way to get everyone together and show that we all are connected in things that we love like fashion.”